Grand Teton National Park is located in Wyoming U.S. It covers an area of about 310, 000 acres. On a distance of 10 miles Grand Teton is connected with the Yellowstone Park. This area surrounding Yellowstone Park and Grand Teton constitute one of the largest intact mid latitude temperate ecosystems in the world with almost 18,000,000 acres. It was named by the Grand Teton peak, the tallest in the Teton Range. It has a high of 13,775 feet.
It was established as a National Park in 1929 as a measure to protect the peaks of the Teton Range. Because Grand Teton National Park is connected with Yellowstone National Park you can pay the fee which is $20 and you can visit both parks for a week.
The National Park Service who manages the park also manages concession contracts like providing services such as lodging, restaurants, mountaineering guides, dude ranching, fishing and a boat shuttle on Jenny Lake. Almost 100 people work in this park accompanied by another 180 seasonal workers every year. Grand Teton National Park is one of the ten most visited national parks in the U.S., with an average of 2,500,000 visitors each year.
Here you can benefit from six service areas. Each area offers you park information, lodging, camping, a restaurant and a convenience store. In some service areas you can find auto service stations. The most expensive lodging services in the park are at the Jenny Lake while at Dornan’s open-air chuck wagon at Moose Junction you can find some of the most informal and inexpensive dining. You could also find lodging and dining services along the road to Dubois and numerous accommodations and restaurants in Jackson Wyoming.
Jackson Hole is a 55 miles long by 6 to 13 miles wide valley with an average elevation of 6,800 feet. The valley is located east of the Teton Range. The Snake River has eroded terraces into the valley floor. Southeast of Jackson Lake, glacial depressions known as kettles are numerous. The kettles were formed when ice situated under gravel outwash from ice sheet smelted as the glaciers retreated.
About 250,000-150,000 years ago, this are went through several periods of glaciations. The Jackson Hole was covered by 2,000 feet thick glaciers. The Jackson Lake was created as glaciers from the Yellowstone Plateau flowed south into the Grand Teton National Park area. The lakes near the base of the mountains have the same story. Today there area approximately a dozen glaciers that currently in the park, but they are not ancient as they were all reestablished sometime between 1400 and 1850 AD. The largest glacier is Teton Glacier which has 3,500 feet long and 1,100 feet wide.
Here has been found some of the most ancient rocks in any U.S. National Park. So far, the oldest rock has about 12 million years old. If you are passionate about the flora and fauna, you should know that you will encounter here over 1,000 species of plants like the Blue Spruce, the aspens, cottonwoods, alders or the willows and many others. Soil conditions, the amount of water, slope, aspect, and elevation provides great conditions for various plants to grow here.
Because of this great ecosystem area which is one of the largest intact temperate zone ecosystems remaining on the planet, you can find 6 species of baths, 5 species of Amphibians like the Northern Leopard Frog, 3 species of rabbits, 4 species of reptiles or 6 species of hoofed mammals, including American Bison and Mule Deer. In Grand Teton National Park you can admire over 300 species of birds like the Golden Eagle or the Osprey, 16 species of fish and 22 species of rodents, including Yellow-Bellied Marmot. Here animals can travel between the two parks and the numerous adjacent National Forests at their own willingness.
You can rent a horse from Jackson Lake Junction, at Coulter Bay Village and at Flagg Ranch within the park and go with a guide and discover the scenic areas. Thanks to the Snake River that flows the length of the park you can practice boating or rafting. You will find several places in the local area from where you can rent canoes, rafts or kayaks. They also offer guided whitewater adventures or scenic float trips on the Snake River.
You can go climbing the mountains. You can find some trail for beginner’s climbers or those who know the climbing techniques ca go and accept the challenge of vertical rock faces and severe ruggedness of the mountains. During the winter Jackson Hole becomes a very popular ski resort. In the area you can find several local ski areas with a variety of slopes. The most challenging conditions are in Teton Village with its 2.5 mile 4,000 feet. If you prefer less challenging skiing conditions and smaller crowds you can go to Grand Targhee Resort Ski Area. The winter temperature varies between 26 °F during the day to 1 °F at night. In summer temperatures can reach 80 °F during day and 41°F at night.
The Grand Teton National Park also becomes one of the preferred locations for lovers. Here they can get married in Chapel of Transfiguration, one of the most spectacular chapels in U.S.
So, I hope you found this interesting article that will help in making a decision regarding the place of a travel. It truly is one of the most beautiful places in U.S.